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Halo sculpture lights up sky above Haslingden after makeover
A FLYING saucer sculpture, which was fading out of view, is lighting up the dark skies above Haslingden again with a brilliant glow.
The spectacular Halo has undergone a £28,500 facelift, with 650 new blue LED bulbs powered by green energy.
Rossendale Council decided to bring in contractors Lighting and Building Services to ‘engineer out’ design problems which caused the system to be unreliable.
Before the reworking, the structure was often only 80 per cent lit, and had high maintenance costs.
Now, the electricity that supplies the lights is produced by a nearby wind turbine.
Mid Pennine Arts and councillors from the Valley made the artistic decision to keep the 18m-wide steel lattice as true to designer John Kennedy’s original vision as possible.
Coun Andy MacNae, portfolio holder for regeneration, tourism and leisure, said: “We did it to provide a long-term and sustainable solution to one of Rossendale’s key tourism sites. By doing it right this time we will save ourselves maintenance costs in the future. So put simply it will save money in the long term.
“The Halo is a great asset for Haslingden and Rossendale as a whole. It attracts people from far afield and is something unique that people identify with the area. I am really glad that we have been able to support a long term lighting solution which both improves the Halo as an attraction and saves us money over its lifetime.”
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